Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, entering their 13th season of professional hockey announced today the team has sent qualifying offers to eight players.

Goalie: Francis Marotte

Forwards: Josh Lammon, Scott Conway, and Chad Butcher

Defensemen: Les Lancaster, Sam Ruopp, Will Lochhead and Turner Ottenbreit

Players who had already signed a contract by Friday, July 23, did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2021-22 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 9 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until August. After August 9, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the player shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by August 16, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

About The Allen AMERICANS Professional Hockey Club

Now in its 13th season of action in North Texas, the Allen AMERICANS Professional Hockey Club is dedicated to excellence on and off the ice, having captured two ECHL Kelly Cup Championships (2014-15 & 2015-16) and two Central Hockey League President’s Cups (2012-13 & 2013-14).  The Organization is active throughout the DFW Metroplex through its RED LAMP Foundation, which supports many local and regional charities, including the Allen Public Safety Recovery Fund. AMERICANS home games are played at the Credit Union of Texas Arena (previously the Allen Event Center), which is located in The Village at Allen. Tickets are available at AllenAmericans.com/tickets or by calling 972-912-1000.